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Old 11-02-2015, 01:46 PM   #71
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A steady noise like trucks on the highway won't wake me, but a pine cone on the roof will!


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Old 11-02-2015, 02:18 PM   #72
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When ac was not needed we have put the ac on Fan only.
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Old 11-02-2015, 02:43 PM   #73
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MH - yes, we were sleeping in after a late night because the campers across from us had an altercation that brought out the police. Had just turned over to get another 40 winks, when K-thump.....the squirrels were harvesting nuts and we were in the drop zone. So much for sleeping in.

AV - fans are great. There was a refrigeration unit running when we pulled into a park in Evanston WY. It masked the sound of idling trucks reasonably well. That is until the rig with it pulled out. Your solution is a much better one.

Pro - have you got an APP for those factors? Cause you got it nailed.

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Old 11-02-2015, 02:45 PM   #74
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If you really want quiet, try boondocking out in the desert, typically on BLM land. That's why I enjoy my stays in Quartzsite, not to mention that the camaraderie is good.

Picture waking up to a bright sunny morning, peeking through the window you see that a couple of the folks have a fire going and a pot of cowboy coffee is almost ready. Grab your mug and a chair and join the folks (chuck some coin into the coffee fund) and that's the start of the day.
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Old 11-02-2015, 03:09 PM   #75
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Old 11-02-2015, 06:04 PM   #76
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You left out dogs.
Dogs are never a noise problem by themselves. It depends more on the owners.
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Old 11-02-2015, 06:17 PM   #77
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Why do people leave and stay gone all day leaving barking dogs in the trailer?
Isn't it amazing how loud an acorn is when it hits the roof? A little bitty ole acorn? Sounds like a bomb!


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Old 11-02-2015, 07:14 PM   #78
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Immediate apology to anyone who has been bothered by our dogs. The AS was a solution that addressed taking them with us. Our first disconnect to the plan was in Kalispell/Whitefish where we attended a wedding. Dogs don't belong at weddings and our primary plan for doggie day care blew up on us. The back up plan faired no better. So much for internet research. So we went to default and left the girls in their kennel inside the trailer with the fans running and the music playing quietly. We hurried back and picked them up after the wedding was over. Turned out there was a couple who had five dogs in the trailer across from us. Could have been a noisy disaster, but was a non issue. We met lots of fellow travelers with dogs. It seems to be a primary reason for folks choosing to travel in/with an RV. Most were considerate and quite friendly. The pups are a great ice breaker.
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Trees and shrubs between the highway and also between sites help a lot to absorb the noise.
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I've tried to answer this more than once and deleted what I wrote before posting because I wasn't happy with my answer.

So, turning the question around, what makes a campground loud?
Here is my list of loudness factors: children; rowdy drunks (younger drunks are usually louder drunks, too); proximity to highways; proximity to metropolitan areas; summertime; holidays, weekends. So the loudest camping experience is on a summertime holiday weekend in a campground just off a highway close to a metropolitan area filled with drunken twenty-somethings enjoying a break from work with their kids.

Interestingly enough, closely-packed RVs do not in themselves seem to add that much to a campground's loudness. That's only a contributing factor if one or more of the other aforementioned factors is already present.
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Second that. We love to see trains while we are traveling and hate to hear them at night.

These noise sources are predictable with a quick look at a satellite image of the park, but we get caught when there are limited options and we are outside our trip plan.

We never consider BLM land, because we have thought them to be camping solutions and our trips are really a means to travel. Anyone got examples of sites that are within about five miles of I10, I40, I70, or I80? Preferably just off a paved road. Might be a good alternative to a truck stop and we don't mind driving a few miles to get a good night's sleep.
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I-10 runs through Quartzsite - see the maps:

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I-10 runs through Quartzsite - see the maps:

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Now that is an education. Got a feeling that experience and timing have got to be the key to a satisfying result. Thanks for the link. Pat
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In the back of my head I have wanted to go to Quartzsite. I can see where the attraction is mainly cheap/free for many. Other than that why should I make the journey? It seems to have a few negatives, crowded, noisy, dust, etc.
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